Thanks to defense and Herbert, Oregon beats Stanford, 21-6
STANFORD, Calif. — Led by its quarterback and stifling defense, Oregon exacted some revenge against Stanford on Saturday, beating the Cardinal 21-6 at Stanford Stadium.
The defense didn't allow a touchdown again, making it three consecutive games the opponent has been held out of the end zone.
Although challenged, the UO offense produced enough points to support the defense. Justin Herbert threw three touchdown passes, two to tight end Jacob Breeland, giving the QB 13 TD passes in the past three games and at least one TD pass in 32 consecutive games.
The Ducks (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) have a bye week before playing host to California at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Offensively challenged Stanford (1-3, 0-2), which has a decent QB in K.J. Costello but not much downfield threat, might end up battling Oregon State to stay out of the Pac-12 North Division cellar. The Cardinal and Beavers meet Saturday, Sept. 28 in Corvallis.
Herbert went 19 of 24 for 259 yards, and the Ducks tallied 320 yards on offense.
Costello went only 16 of 30 for 120 yards. Cameron Scarlett, from Central Catholic High, rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries. The Cardinal managed only 234 yards on offense.
Even though the Ducks played two overmatched teams (Nevada, Montana) and a down Stanford team, the defense has allowed only five field goals in the past three games.
Last season, the Ducks blew a 24-7 lead to Stanford and, after a late lost fumble, fell in overtime at Autzen Stadium, 38-31. The two previous losses to Stanford were by a combined 101-34.
So, the Ducks ended a three-game losing streak to their Pac-12 North rival.
The defense exerted itself right away, stopping Stanford after the Cardinal drove to the UO 14. Jet Toner's field goal put Stanford up.
Oregon took a 7-3 lead on Herbert's 36-yard TD pass to Jaylon Redd later in the first quarter.
The Ducks made the score 14-3 on Herbert's 16-yard pass to tight end Breeland.
Stanford, which had given up 45 points in each of the past two games, stepped it up defensively in the second half, but so did UO punter Blake Maimone. His three punts forced Stanford to start at the Stanford 8 twice and Stanford 10 on consecutive drives, and the Duck defense took advantage of the field position.
The Ducks effectively iced the game after Jevon Holland intercepted Costello. Herbert hit Breeland again, a 24-yard TD strike that made the score 21-3 in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinal moved the ball a bit in the fourth quarter, but managed only Toner's second field goal. Meanwhile, Camden Lewis missed a field goal for Oregon.
OREGON 7 7 0 7 — 21
STANFORD 3 0 0 3 — 6
STANFORD — Jet Toner 32 FG, 8:43
OREGON — Jaylon Redd 36 pass from Justin Herbert (Camden Lewis), 4:13
OREGON — Jacob Breeland 16 pass from Herbert (Lewis kick), 5:58
OREGON — Breeland 24 pass from Herbert (Lewis kick), 10:40
STANFORD — Toner 38 FG, 7:32
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